By KATE OBODO
Former Green Eagles goalkeeper Adisa Amusa has commended the idea of the Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi to get quality home-based players that will beef up the senior national team ahead of the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers and the 2014 World Cup campaign.
About 27 players from different clubs in the Nigeria Premier League, NPL are currently in camp and Amusa, who was also a former Shooting Stars Sporting Club player, said the decision was a welcome development as it will aid Keshi to get good and skilful players that will help him execute his plans.
“Surely, he is on the right track with the home-based players, the only thing he requires from Nigerians is time and patience to get quality players that will execute his plans for the 2013 Nations Cup qualifier and 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign.
I believe with good training , adequate support, motivation as well as a conducive atmosphere, these local players could do well even without the foreign players.
And If he continuous like this, I’m confident he will build a formidable home-based Eagles.
He stressed that “ Most Africans countries adopt same style and are doing tremendously well in major events. For instance, Egypt, over eighty percent of the Egyptian team are locally based, and are doing well in international competitions and also in their clubs .
I think it is time we focused seriously on our local players. I am not saying we should do away with the foreign-based players but the fact remains that we need to groom our local players very well and also make them part of the senior national team. If other countries are doing it, what stops us from doing it,” he asked.